Monday, September 29, 2008

New Books in September

Burroughs Dry
Isabel Allende Daughter of Fortune
banville the sea
Lent Lost nation
michaels lethal justice
Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society
Nancy Shaw Sheep in a Jeep
Lloyd Alexander Taran Wanderer
John Coy Box Out
Garth Nix Superior Saturday
Steve Jenkins How Many Ways Can You Catch a Fly?
Brown The witness
O’Brien In the lake of the woods
Brandt A death in Bulloch Parish
Brandt Mr Tubbs' Civil War
brandt man who tried to burn new york
Brandt Massacre in Shansi
Thomas L. Friedman Hot, Flat, And Crowded
Erin Hogan Spiral Jetta: A Road Trip Through the Land Art of the American West
Barbara Kingsolver Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
Sy Montgomery The Good Good Pig
Judy Pangman Chicken Coops: 45 Building Plans for Housing Your Flock
Sagal The book of vice
Kazuna Kohara Ghosts in the House!
Bob Kolar Big Kicks

Thursday, September 4, 2008


Stephanie Meyer Breaking Dawn
Stephenie Meyer Twilight
The choice
The End by Lemony Snicket
The Slippery Slope by Lemony Snicket
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling
Antoine O Flaharta Hurry and the Monarch
Paul Krugman The Conscience of a Liberal
Jane Mayer The Dark Side
Bill McKibben Deep Economy
Penny Simkin Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn
Eckhart Tolle A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose
Howard Zinn A People’s History of American Empire
Maxine Anderson Explore Winter!
Tanya Lee Stone Elizabeth Leads the Way
Diane Swanson Bugs Up Close
Phil Yeh Dinosaurs Across America
Kenneth Grahame Wind in the Willows (graphic)
Linda Medley Castle Waiting
Joann Sfar Little Vampire
Roland Smith Elephant Run
Donald J. Sobol Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Midnight Visitor
Donald J. Sobol Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Dead Eagles
Kean Soo Jellaby
D. J. Steinberg Sound Off!
Lewis Trondheim Kaput & Zosky
Little Lamb
Sandra Boynton Pajama Time!
Mem Fox Time for Bed
Karen Katz Where is Baby’s Belly Button?
Sam McBratney Guess How Much I Love You
David Benioff City of Thieves
Camilla Gibb Sweetness in the Belly
Lars Martinson Tonoharu Part 1
Peebles The Seamstress
Luanne Rice Light of the Moon
C. Tyler Late Bloomer
Thrity Umrigar The Space Between Us
Karen Armstrong My Spiral Staircase: My Climb Out of Darkness
Tom Fels Farm Friends
Natalie Bober A Restless Spirit: The Story of Robert Frost
Miriam Katin We Are on Our Own

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Additions to the Collection

Stone cold
Double take
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Isabel Allende The Sum of Our Days
Geoffrey Hayes Benny and Penny in Just Pretend
Connelly The closers
Fielding Whispers & lies
Hoag Dust to dust
Alison Weir The Lady Elizabeth
Rawlings The yearling
Andra Serlin Abramson Heavy Equipment Up Close
The pardon
Nevada Barr Winter Study
Cresswell Full pursuit
Hoag Cry wolf
Alexander McCall Smith The Miracle at Speedy Motors
Sandford Hidden prey
Bill Bishop The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded America is Tearing Us Apart
Elizabeth Gilbert Eat Pray Love
Matthew Lombardi Fodor’s Italy 2008
John Patrick Shanley Doubt: A Parable
Kelly DiPucchio Grace for President
Nancy Price Graff In the Hush of the Evening
Clare Jarrett Arabella Miller’s Tiny Caterpillar
Jon Scieszka Smash! Crash!
Britta Teckentrup Grumpy Cat

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Additions to the Collection

The Millionaires by Brad Meltzer
Therapy by Jonathan Kellerman
T is for Trespass
Stone cold
Double take
Pride and Prejudice
Augusten Burroughs Running With Scissors
Child Echo burning
Cresswell Full pursuit
Deveraux Eternity
Green The fifth angel
Hoag Dust to dust
Khaled Hosseini The Kite Runner
Alice McDermott At Weddings and Wakes
Pelton The adventurist
Belva Plain Fortune’s Plain
Nora Roberts Tears of the Moon
Nicholas Sparks Dear John
Brian Selznick The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Scott Westerfeld Pretties
Scott Westerfeld Uglies
Laura Amy Schlitz Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village
The pardon
Carr The angel of darkness
Christie The seven dials mystery
Connelly City of bones
Ruth Downie Terra Incognita
Fairstein The bone vault
Gerritsen Body double
Jance Day of the dead
Iris Johansen Body of Lies
Paretsky Windy city blues
Patterson Violets are blue
Perry Dark assasin
Sandford Hidden prey
Lance Armstrong Cancer survivor notebook
Norm Abram Classics from the New Yankee Workshop
Percy W. Blandford Designing and Building Children’s Furniture
Elaine Costello Webster’s American Sign Language Dictionary
Nick Engler Nick Engler’s Woodwooking Wisdom
Jennifer 8. Lee The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food
Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin Three Cups of Tea
David Sedaris Me Talk Pretty One Day
Elizabeth Gilbert Eat Pray Love
Jonathan Bean At Night
Jan Brett The Three Snow Bears
Kelly DiPucchio Grace for President
Jane O’Connor Fancy Nancy: Bonjour, Butterfly
Kevin O’Malley Gimme Cracked Corn & I Will Share
Ian Ousby, ed. The Cambridge Guide to Literature in English

Friday, March 7, 2008

Additions to the Collection

Poitier The measure of a man
Follett A place called Freedom
Goodman Intuition
John Grisham The Appeal
Stephen King Duma Key
Annie Proulx Heart Songs and Other Stories
Anita Shreve Sea Glass
Westerfeld The pretties
Nicola Davies White Owl, Barn Owl
Paul Fleischman Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: A Worldwide Cinderella
Baldacci Wish you well
Robert Barnard The Corpse at the Haworth Tandoori
Burdett Bangkok haunts
Flynn Act of treason
Tess Gerritsen Vanish
Gerritsen Body double
Robert B. Parker Stranger in Paradise
John Sandford Broken Prey
Taylor Departure lounge
Yale Green Architecture
Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina Mr. and Mrs. Prince
Martha Weinman Lear Where Did I Leave My Glasses?
Jason McElwain The Game of My Life
Williams The woman at the Washington zoo
Elise Broach When Dinosaurs Came With Everything
Susan Fletcher Dadblamed Union Army Cow
Phillis Gershator Sky Sweeper
Angela Johnson Wind Flyers
Melanie Watt Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend

Sunday, February 24, 2008


The New York Times book review section reviewed Mr and Mrs Prince today. This book is very popular at the library right now, not just with the people living around Johnson's Pasture. If you'd like to reserve it, and you're a Guilford, VT citizen, reserve it here.

Saturday, February 23, 2008


What a great, swashbuckling tale is The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas. I raced through the excitement of rescuing the Queen’s diamonds, D’Artagnon riding headlong through the French countryside, the commupance of Milady. I got out (googled actually) the map of France so I could see where this was all happening. Oh, it was so exciting. And reading Dumas is so fulfilling —the good guys ALWAYS win. Well, mostly. (just like real life).

Then I heard that the people who have just translated the proclaimed new edition of War and Peace had also recently translated The Three Musketeers. So now, we have it in our library, and you don’t even need to ask for it through inter-library loan, as I did. (We only had a Juvenile Classics edition, quite edited.)

Got me to thinking about classics—the ones we have, and the ones we ought to have. Last spring we had a meeting to decide what books we should buy with Calista’s Fund. Bob Anderson thought we really needed to have such classics as Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. Our editions were old and scraggley, and Bowdlerizd —heavily edited. We have new ones now, with great illustrations. We also ordered a newly illustrated edition of Alice’s Adventures Underground.

Should we have more classics, and do we have space to store them in such a small library? It’s not an easy choice- to say nothing of the floor weight that has to sustain them. Roger and I visited the southwest a few years ago, and I heard from many people that I HAD to read Willa Cather’s Death of the Archbishop. The library had that, I read it and had an immediate understanding of that empty part of our world. It’s still in our collection, because it’s now on my classics list.

Well, we have an old translation of War and Peace, and a new translation of Crime and Punishment, (thanks to Robert Stack, who donated it), as well as A Tale of Two Cities (the stories are so good you adapt to the language).

What is a classic? Mark Twain said, A classic--something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read." Several years ago I bought many books on tape which were “classics”, thinking that people might enjoy listening to things they had meant to read, but never got around to. On tape we have things like David Copperfield by Charles Dickens, Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald, and Animal Farm by George Orwell. That’s just the beginning, but you get the idea.

Some people will say that a classic is something we read again and again, because it means something to us, or says something valuable about the human experience. In trying to give you a list of the classics that we have in the library, I realized that each one of us has our own list of what we consider classics. I found some great lists on the web and in talking with people, and I’ve concluded that the library floor would collapse if we had them all in here. (Even after Dan Stoughton voluntarily put in strengthening supports last spring .)

So, here are a few more of the classic books we have, based on what I think are classics — this week. In addition to those mentioned above:
Watership Down 1972, Aesop’s Fables 6th century BC, Little Women 1868, Not Without Peril 1941, Pride and Prejudice 1813, The Good Earth 1931, Robinson Crusoe 1719, The Great Gatsby 1925, The Old Man And The Sea 1952, A Taste for Death 1988, Washington Square 1881, Smiley’s People 1979, To Kill A Mockingbird 1960, The Call of the Wild 1903, Beloved 1987, Catcher in the Rye 1951, Grapes of Wrath 1939, Crystal Cave 1970, Uncle Tom’s Cabin 1852, Walden 1869. There aren’t any new books in this list because another definition of classic is that something is not only really good but also withstands the test of time.

I‘ve included books here that may not seem like classics to you, but it’s my list. You can make your own.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Mr and Mrs Prince

Mr and Mrs Prince is new to our collection. About Abijah Prince and Lucy Terry Prince, who are Guilford personalities, and written by Gretchen Gerzina, who researched some of it while she lived in Guilford, many folks have asked to read it. So we have three copies. If you are a Guilford, Vermont resident, you can reserve it at our web page.

Gretchen will be speaking at a Guilford Historical Society meeting on Sunday, April 13, at 2 PM. The meeting will be at the Guilford Central School.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Gimme Cracked Corn and I Will Share

Read a few pages of Gimme Cracked Corn and I Will Share, and read a review by Nancy Pearl if you like.

This book is new to our collection. I thought it would be great fun to read with the first graders next week. I'll let you know what they think about it.